I had a lot of unscheduled time today so I spent a fair amount of time on these drawings, around half an hour on some, less on others. Left side of page, first thing upon waking up, without wearing glasses, I wondered how much I could actually see and draw of the garden outside the bedroom window. Oddly enough the longer I looked with relaxed eyes the clearer the general blur became. So I decided to draw Jesse without wearing glasses, too. Jesse had just come inside from his night catting around and was very sleepy. As I drew he drooped down and down, millimeters at a time, until the second drawing when he is fast asleep with his nose buried in his paw.
On the right, I went out to the front garden where yellow celendine is blooming and picked a stem of bloom, leaves, and fruit. I love this plant for its mustard-yellow sap, which, I was told by a docent at the Medieval garden at The Cloisters in NY, was used by Medieval manuscript illuminators as a substitute for gold when there was no gold in the budget.
Later in the afternoon I took a walk and ended up at the end of our block across the road from the ruin of an old brick silo. I love the patterns that the sun makes inside the openings at different times of the day. I would like to make a kind of clock out of the silo patterns, but the patterns not only change during the day: they also change as the seasons change. At 4:00 in the afternoon in June the window patterns are not quite the same as they are at 4:00 in December.
Later still I went to a meeting about a steamroller printing project that a group of us are getting involved in at BookWorks.